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             2017 QUALIFIER - ROUND 2 RECAP

Action moved to Rolling Meadow Lanes for round 2 of the qualifier and the completion of the first stage of qualifying.

Much like last year, 6-time champion Mike Shady was in good position after the first 5 games and after 10 games he was back on top.  He followed his 1,233 round on Saturday with a second best 1,174 round on Sunday to take a 45 pin lead over Nick Kighlinger and Lee Eighmy, Jr. Shady already holds the record with 6 qualifying titles.

Defending champion Lee Eighmy, Jr. had the highest score of the day, 1,192 moving him up from 11th to a tie for 2nd. Eighmy holds the record with 7 titles and is not only looking for #8, but also to match Mike Shady as the only bowlers to with 3 consecutive titles. He accomplished that in 2002-04.

Nick Kightlinger was a first-time finalist last year and was having a tough time on the lanes this past week, that is until the TN Open started. He backed up his 1,211 round one block with the third highest round of day 2, an 1,151, enough to forge a tie with Eighmy.

Kylle Twaroski had the high game of the day as he started his second round with a 299, just a solid 10 pin separating him from a perfect game. He finished with 1,127 and a 10-game total of 2,323.

Good friends Cory Bithell and Tom Petroff were also close on the lanes as they were only separated by 7 pins through 5 games (1,207 and 1,200). Petroff gained a small advantage in round 2, 1,102 to 1,099 leaving them separated by just 4 pins through 10 games 2,306 to 2,302. They were not, however next to each other in the standings as first round leader, Chris Jannazzo wedged himself between them into 6th place. After a near record setting round of 1,275 on Saturday, Jannazzo managed just 1,029 in round 2 leaving him with 2,304.

The top 10 was completed by Nick Godfrey 1,050-2,277, Jake Martz II, 1,097-2,263 and Chris Moffett 1,034-2,262.

The current finals cut line (16th) is currently sitting at +178 and it took +108 to advance to the semi-finals. After round 1 the cut line sat at +102.

There were three other past champions in the field, Mike Machuga (1997) had the highest 10-game score from the B squad, 2,251 and sits in 12th. The other two, Steve Benke (2001) and Ken Berlin, Jr. (1987) finished 55th and 57th respectively with 2,024 and 2,018.

The top 32 now advance to Westway Lanes for the final 6 games of the qualifier at which time the field with be cut to the top 16 for finals.

A semi-final round of 6 games for the top 32 after 10 games 
will be conducted Saturday January 21st at Westway Lanes at 1:00 pm 
After 16 qualifying games the field will be cut to the top 16

QUALIFIER RESULTS  RND 1  RND 2  RND 3  v  ALPHABETICAL  RND 1  RND 2  RND 3

ROUND 1 STORY  v  ROUND 2 STORY  v  ROUND 3 STORY